Interview With Megan Eileen of Bohemian Trails
Please give my readers a background about yourself. What made you want
to start bohemiantrails.com?
I first started Bohemian Trails because I needed a creative outlet. I had spent the last year and a half working at an international record label here in New York. Before that I briefly worked for a film magazine and before that I did fashion marketing in London. As much as I enjoyed working in these art-related industries, my real passions are writing and travel. Bohemian Trails provides the perfect balance for me because I get to do both on my own terms.
In all of your travels, in your opinion what country has the best food?
and the worst food?
When I was traveling through Egypt, I had dinner with a local Nubian tribe and lunch with a family in Luxor. I can honestly say that I’ve never tasted food quite like the food I ate in these small Egyptian cities. Each dish was healthy yet unbelievably delicious. I might have to go with England for having the worst food – although their reputation for having less than stellar cuisine is not completely fair. I found some really great restaurants while studying in London. It just took me longer than I would have liked to discover these hidden treasures.
When you first started traveling, did your family support your decision?
Although I’m hardly a rebel by normal standards, I guess you can say that I took a different path than my family expected. I’ve always had an itch to travel and found myself more comfortable in chaotic environments (i.e. I live in NYC and rarely notice the abnormal anymore). I didn’t find it appealing to have a steady job at a cubicle and was always jealous when I read about people who turned their passion for travel into a living. Now I’m going along that path myself. Luckily, my family is starting to understand how my mind works and they continue to support my decisions.
If you had to choose one favourite destination, which one would you
Cochabamba, Bolivia. I went here with a friend of mine back in early 2010. We stayed with her family and although I knew no Spanish I was still able to semi-communicate with people. The city is absolutely beautiful and the weather was perfect. I really enjoyed doing simple things like going out for pizza, browsing the local markets and eating duck for the first time. It was a tough city to leave and one I hope I make it back to one day.
What has been the least exciting destination you've traveled to?
Probably Luxembourg. I went here on a really cold and rainy day in the middle of winter and everything was closed so I spent my whole day wandering from café to café. It was a relaxing day trip but not quite what I was expecting.
Did you always have a love of travel or did you develop your passion
for traveling as you got older?
I’ll leave you with this story. On my first trip to Disney World, my father humored me by buying me one of those fake passports they sell for kids at the souvenir shops. I then went to each country represented at Epcot Center and had my passport stamped. I’ll never forget the feeling I had that day. Even though I was still in the state of Florida, it made me that much more determined to visit these countries for real.
What impact has bohemiantrails.com had on your life?
Bohemian Trails started as a way to express myself during a rough time of my life. I needed an outlet and this was it. After the first few months, however, I began engaging with other travel bloggers and writers and found comfort in feeling part of this welcoming community. It’s been great to collaborate with other people in the industry and hear positive feedback about the brand.
What has been the most surprising destination you've been to? Meaning,
you had a specific mindset about a certain destination but it was totally a
different experience than you had imagined.
Valparaiso, Chile. I recently spent about a month in Chile and Argentina and went to Valparaiso simply because it was a short bus ride away from Santiago. Within minutes of arriving I had fallen in love with everything about this city. I’m a huge street art fanatic and it was so exciting to see the amazing art by talented locals who simply did this for fun.
If you had to decide which destination has been the most influential
in your life, which destination would you chose?
Although not the most exotic choice, I would have to say London. I studied abroad here during college and it was not only my first time traveling internationally but also my first time having a real job. I took classes and also worked part-time for a fashion agency. I purposely chose a program not affiliated with my University so that I could challenge myself to meet new people and get the most out of my time across the pond. I came back with more direction about where I wanted to go in life.
What advice would you give to a newbie traveler?
Don’t let the fear of being alone scare you. I’ve had some of my most rewarding travel experiences as a solo traveler and I wouldn’t trade those trips for anything. I’d also recommend newbie travelers to ditch their guidebooks and just get lost. Use your iPhone map only as a last resort.
In 10 years, do you see yourself still traveling or slowing down?
Well I just turned 25 earlier this month so I sure hope I'll still be traveling in ten years! I think travel and personal growth often go hand in hand and it doesn't matter when or where you go as long as you go with an open mind.
Thanks Megan for the interview. Please visit Bohemian Trails